United Kingdom-based Spacesuit Media sent Andy Clary and Jamie Sheldrick to Circuit of The Americas to capture the first race weekend at the Austin circuit for both the NTT IndyCar Series and the photographic collective.
Having visited for IndyCar’s Open Test in February, Andy felt right at home while Jamie, familiar with large European circuits, was in his element as well. The duo took trackside positions throughout the three-day event, seizing the scenes of 24 drivers familiarizing themselves with COTA’s 20 turns.
Following a start from the pole, Will Power controlled the first two-thirds of the race before an ill-timed yellow dropped him through the running order — a situation that multiplied in impact when a mechanical failure meant he never left his pit box after coming in under yellow.
Eighteen-year-old sensation Colton Herta — with veterans in his mirrors having more push-to-pass — delivered Harding Steinbrenner Racing its first win and became the youngest winner in Indy car history just days before his 19th birthday.
The second permanent road course race of 2019 is next for IndyCar. The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will take place April 5–7 at Barber Motorsports Park.
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